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international community, like asking for specialized search and rescue teams. so the fact that there hasn't been a broader call for help from japan may have something to do with it. relief efforts right now are focused on immediate needs like food, water and medical care. all goods and services that can be purchased locally. internationally charities like the red cross, world vision and save the children are on the ground doi ining exactly that already. that's why cash donations now directed at those charities may be the best thing americans can do to help the victims when their need is the most. for more information, go to that's it for me. brooke baldwin takes over now with "newsroom". my promise to you, we won't get too far from japan chblt we'll get to the new images and information there in just a moment. first, i want you to listen to what secretary of state hillary clinton has now just told cnn's wolf blitzer. >> we don't want any ambiguity. only the security council can
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authorize action, and if they do authorize action, there needs to be a true international response, including arab leadership and partnership. >> wolf is traveling right along with the secretary in northern africa, and we'll have much more from her in "the situation room." but this next dramatic video from libya is really the reason the situation there is increasingly urgent now. >> you hear that, then obviously the result, the smoke not far away. these images show a rocket-propelled grenade hitting anti-gadhafi forces. they are ready for battle, so
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are gadhafi's men. nic robertson are reporting on the movement in ajdabiya. they say they're ready to do battle in neighboring benghazi. the "new york times" today has lost touch with four of its journalists in libya. we have a lot to get through with our teams in libya in just a bit. but first, to the devastating reports out of japan, watch this. this is yet another view of the quake that hit japan back on friday from one of our own ireporters. we have now learned the death toll is over the 4,000 mark, plus another 8,000 are still missing. my colleague soda dad o'brien is standing by in tokyo. we'll speak to her about the warnings they've received.
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we'll take you live to japan. first, i'll get the latest on the fight to prevent a meltdown at the stricken nuclear plant. i want to show you pictures here first. folks, this is the closest we have gotten yet to understanding, to seeing the story. this is a nuclear power plant, and this is what happened since that catastrophic tsunami apparently caused the plant to loose cooling. we're going to continue to show you more of these pictures as we listen quickly to energy secretary steven chu. he spoke just a short time ago on really the depth of this crisis. >> the events unfolding in japan actually appear to be more serious than three mile island. to what extent we don't really know now and so, as they're unfolding very rapidly, on an hour by hour, day by day basis and there are conflicting reports, we don't really know in detail what's happening. >> so you heard him off the top there. he said it's worse than three
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mile island by his estimates. but as chu tells it, even the u.s. government doesn't really precisely know what's happening there. so keep that in mind as we show you some of these pictures that aired live today. what you're looking at there, it's either smoke, could be steam, it rose today from the plant after officials reported a second atomic reactor may have ruptu ruptured. later on, a japanese spokesman seemed to walk that statement back saying damage to the number 3 reactor appeared not to be that severe. so, going forward, we say who knows. but here's what we know. here's the thing. radiation levels then spiked above the plant which prompted the japanese to ground those helicopters trying to cool the plant. we talked about this yesterday, how those helicopters were going to drop some of the cooler water on the plants. but keep this in mind. they've now got concerns at all six reactors. you see them, 1 through 6, right in front of you, including the
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two off to the side, numbers 5 and 6. then you have 4, 5 and 6. they were all offline when the tsunami hit last friday, but the problems developing there concern used fuel rods that are still stored on the site. chad myers, we're going to talk about some of those spent fuel rods because i know -- we know more or less where they are. but i want to begin with the pictures. we're finally seeing today, instead of that wider aerial shot, closer images of the damage. >> those closer images were quite startling. they literally looked like that was damage from the outside, like the tsunami may have caused that. that didn't happen. those buildings were intact after the earthquake and after the tsunami. that damage came from explosions or fires from within the buildings themselves. and then that long shot, it was fuzzy, hazy. you could see the steam. that was 30 kilometers away, 18 miles away, they had that helicopter out there taking that shot because they were afraid for the crew of that helicopter.
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that tells you something about the men and women maybe that are in that plant right now trying to keep this thing from melting down. the u.s. embassy in japan, within the hour, has now recommended all u.s. citizens, personnel, within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate. that number is getting larger and larger and larger. >> that's interesting you say that. you said that was 18 miles away so 18 miles is that second radius that the officials are saying shelter in place. so those people aren't necessarily asked to evacuate. that's their vantage. >> that was the helicopter in the ocean. but the problem is that's the way the wind was blowing all day. so if the radiation we knew was coming out, that was blowing right at the helicopter crew, and there are people there that are coming back, they're being tested and are finding that they have radiation on their suits. >> let me ask you about the thing people are most concerned about this time yesterday,
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that's the spent fuel rods that were sitting in those storage pools. they were still hot, still radioactive. now do you know where they are? >> they are in the building. they are slightly below the place where the explosion took place. almost like we lost half -- we lost the facade of an old west movie theater, you know? you go and take a look at an old western like "gunsmoke." the buildings are here and there's a big facade on the building to make it look taller. that facade is gone. that was actually the attic where some of the gases and vapors were pumped up into. that's where the explosion was. slightly below that we have kind of a blowup view, so to speak, of the building itself. >> look at that. >> that is what it looks like now after that hydrogen explosion when it got so hot that hydrogen and oxygen disassociated. i know enough about this, at about 2200 degrees hydrogen and oxygen can come apart, h2o.
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the oxygen comes apart from the hydrog hydrogen. when that happened, we blew up in three different spots. the spent fuel rods, back to that question, there's good news/bad news. the spent fuel rods don't have nearly the potential radiation. the bad news is they're not protected by any type of capsule. they're out there. they were under water in a pool, and they're not as radioactive. they're done being used as power, but they sit there in these plants until they're r really cool, at least a year and the water has dried up, heated up, so the radiation -- >> i have to ask quickly and then get to soledad. we know the radiation levels are really spiking at times. do we know where the radiation is going as it leaves the plant? >> no, we don't. and the better question is where it's coming from. we know something down below -- one of the reactors went from three atmospheres to one after the boom. that means there was pressure and then no pressure. clearly whatever vessel that
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was, that failed and where that radiation went we don't know either. it's going into the atmosphere and the wind is blowing most of it out to sea. we can only hope that that lasts a long time. but the weather patterns change and i don't see it lasting more than three more days before the wind starts to blow it back on japan. >> you and i aren't finished talking about this. we'll get to soledad o'brien in a moment. i've learned that nic robertson has just called in, on the phone for me. nic, i believe you're in eastern libya. and story is really escalating today as you have these gadhafi forces moving eastward toward the rebel stronghold of benghazi. were you in ajdabiya today? tell me what you saw. >> reporter: brooke, we've seen the biggest sort of demonstration, if you will, or the biggest amount of moammar gadhafi's military might here. we've seen his army spread out on the outskirts of ajdabiya, getting ready to advance into
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the city. at least a dozen tanks, dozens upon dozens of trucks carrying ammunition. ammunition from ak-47s to tanks piled high. we've seen hundreds and hundreds, probably several thousand, soldiers there. and also a lot of heavy rocket systems, anti-aircraft systems, heavy machine guns, armored personnel carriers. so much military equipment lined up on the outskirts of the city. it completely dwarfs the equipment that we've seen the rebel forces with. the army says that it has some control inside ajdabiya. it says there are small pockets of rebel resistance, but the army we see lined up here and the ammunition that they have with them and the supply column of food and ambulances as well really creates the impression that this army really is on a ro roll and it won't be long until
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they control obvioauj daub can . it's only 100 miles from benghazi. >> you mention -- is it correct to say, nic, ultimately the end game here for the gadhafi forces would be overtaking benghazi and if that's the case, then what for the opposition forces? >> reporter: it's not clear if they will go directly to benghazi. they could also outflank benghazi, go to the east and take the smaller town of din room. the battles have taken longer. benghazi may be a battle they don't want to get in immediately. they might want to surround it by going around tabruk. we've seen this massive control of force, this army, is a very professional way the way the supply columns lined up with the fuel tankers, the way it's all prepared to go into battle, it gives the impression of a
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somewhat professional, organized army really getting ready to move. in a way that the rebel force will not be able to stop, brooke. >> nic, can i just ask you on a personal level -- i know you've covered areas of conflict for years and years for cnn -- but the "new york times" is reporting that there are four "times" journalists now missing in libya. how safe do you feel? >> reporter: we feel quite safe. we're with government forces here, and they have a vested interest in not -- in keeping us safe because they know it would reflect badly on them, the government forces, where journalists on the government side get into trouble and where we had trouble is when we've been trying to operate independently and then we've been picked up in one case my producer was picked up at gunpoint. he suffered -- we have talked to the army about the "new york times" journalists. they have told us they have
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called into ajdabiya. they're not aware of them being there. they're not aware their forces have picked them up. they say that if their forces do pick them up, then they will be treated well and they will be brought back to tripoli. so the government is aware that these journalists are missing and the soldiers inside the city, their commanders at the very least, are aware of it and will be looking out for them and say that they will treat them well. that's what they're telling us right now, brooke. >> that's what they tell you. frightening nonetheless, nic robertson, to you and your staff, stay safe. we'll have more out of libya. when we come back, we're going to go to tokyo, live to soledad o'brien standing by. she'll talk about this massive crush of people trying to get out of town and her own fears perhaps of the radiation. also, they are the unidentified main players the world is very curious about. those nuclear plant workers staying behind while everyone
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from what i understand you haven't been exposed to radiation from the fukushima daiichi plant, but what are you hearing about the threat around other parts of the country and also it appears culturally gentlem japanese not really out panicking. >> reporter: no. i think there have been many calls for people not to panic. it's not only for japanese but for everybody. there's been many, many pressers during the day from japanese officials about what's been happening within the plant and sometimes some of those conversations are a little contradictory. we know there have been problems at daiichi 3 and 4, the real focus. like everybody else, we're just walking. we're in tokyo, we were in akita yesterday. we haven't been close to the reactors so we feel very safe in terms of our personal exposure. i think the bigger case is how close you can get to cover a story and also for the people who are in the areas most affected and looking at those workers who you pointed out in the last section are the ones responsible now for trying to
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fix the problems at this reactor. we're watching it like everybody else. i'd say we're always cognizant of the ricsks and are continualy monitoring what's happening, what's changed. it's a very fluid and flexible situation and everybody, not just journal iflts, obviously, but the people here in japan are trying to figure out, what is happening, every step of the way. >> what are you seeing as far as people trying to get out of japan? i know you've been around different parts of the country in terms of people at the airports. are you seeing a crush of people trying to leave or no? >> reporter: absolutely. at na rita airport, we've been advised for anyone trying to get out to get there hours and hours in advance. thousands of people. we flew into hanita yesterday and at night it wasn't so crowded but earlier in the day, again, same thing, big lines, very, very crowded airport. and i think it's a sense that people really don't know exactly what to do. those who feel in the position to leave are taking the tount to
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get out while they can. but everything i've seen has been very orderly, even though the lines are long and it's jammed. you know, it's just a matter of time. people aren't panicking or pushing or shoving or shouting. it feels very orderly from what we've been seeing. >> soledad, i'm curious because you tend to be one of our journalists who we send into devastated areas, haiti, katrina or japan. is there any one image that will just sort of remain with you forever? >> reporter: you know, i just never get used to seeing the power of a tsunami. and also, you know, aftershocks i think are hard to get used to, too. but the power of a tsunami we've been reporting from some of the coastal areas that have just been blown out, you know, the earthquake damage was bad, but the tsunami damage they'll tell is is 90% of the damage you see because homes just splinter and collapse, especially in cities, in some of the villages, the damage is less dramatic. but in a city where a tsunami
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has roared through, it never fails to stun me the power of a tsunami. it's hard to put into words. >> we're looking at your images from katsunuma. i've never covered a tsunami, but it's one thing to sit and watch on television, it's quite another for you and others to see this in person. if's almost difficult to wrap your head around it. soledad o'brien, you've done a fan tatastic fantastic. safe travels to you and your crew. coming up here, it is all up to them. they're the ones staying behind to try to prevent a nuclear catastrophe in japan while everybody else evacuates. >> they're probably wearing full-face recess prespirators, communicating in the dark, moving around with flashlights and they're using emergency rations. >> that was a former nuclear power plant supervisor talking about what he thinks those nuclear workers in japan are dealing with right now. we're going to talk much more about them ahead. also, we're going to take you back to libya where the "new
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york times" has four of its journalists missing. a lot to tackle. stay with us.
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want to take you back to this quickly escalating situation today in libya. you have forces loyal to moammar gadhafi waging intense battles today as they head eastward in this effort to take back cities now held by the rebels. also today, the "new york times" revealed that four of its journalists have now disappeared
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while covering the battle in the rebel-helled city of ajdabiya. cnn's arwa damon joins me from eastern libya. arwa, i just spoke with nic robertson, describing the gadhafi forces carrying ammunition, clearly a government crackdown, it's intensifying today. is it over what you've seen up to now? >> reporter: well, it's impossible at this point in time for us to accurately assess exactly what's happening in the city of ajdabiya, but we do know, as nic was saying there, that on the other end they were receiving a heavy and sustained pounding from air strikes, artillery, very intense fighting. in fact, we tried to get into the city from the eastern part and were stopped at an opposition checkpoint, simply told it was too dangerous. one eyewitness coming out, a fighter, saying that pro-gadhafi forces are set up sniper positions inside the city. another man coming out saying that he saw an entire family
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killed by one of those bombs. and of course this is coming as of international community continues to debate this issue of a u.n. resolution, a no-fly zone, that opposition forces have basically calling for for over a month now. and the big question we're hearing here is, what is it going to actually take for the international community to stop taking this bystander role and actually take action that is going to help save lives? the sense amongst the opposition is perhaps they have taken this as far as they can. and unless they get some form of outside help, they're simply all going to be massacred, brooke. >> it's a bleak reality potentially for the opposition forces. i mean, it's a story, arwa, you've been reporting on day in and day out. when you compare what the gadhafi forces have in terms of ammunition and strength and readiness to do battle versus the opposition, would you see -- do you see them weakening at all here under all of this pressure?
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>> reporter: no. what you basically have here is a group of fighters, the opposition, that is by and large young men with absolutely no previous fighting experience, arming themselves with whatever they happen to find in the arm depots they manage to control up against a very fierce and well-trained fighting machine. they say that they will fight until the very end. they say that they have a plan b in case this no-fly zone doesn't materialize, but it's really difficult to foresee how they're actually going to be able to stand up against colonel gadhafi's forces, especially since they have air power on their side and superior artillery capabilities. but for the opposition, it really is a matter of fight to the death, brooke. we talk with these young fighters. we talk with women, with everybody. and they say, look, we know that at the end of the day, if we have to die, we are going to die. we're either going to die fighting or we're going to be
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killed by gadhafi's forces. because if he manages to roll all the way into benghazi and remain in power, he's going to kill us all. that's what they believe, brooke. >> they feel they have no choice. quickly, arwa, the "new york times" reporting these four missing journalists. what are you learning on the ground about that, if anything? >> reporter: brooke, very disturbing. we actually drove past them yesterday in the city of ajdabiya around 1:00 p.m. according to the "new york times" they have not been heard from since yesterday afternoon. we really don't know where they are at this point. we were actually trying to call them yesterday evening when we realized that they hadn't come back to benghazi. none of us here could get through to them. these are four very seasoned journalists, very experienced when it comes to war. but this is a battlefield that is very fluid. it changes at all times. colonel gadhafi's military saying they don't have them in their custody. saying if they do end up with them they promise that they will be kept safe. but this is a situation where it's very difficult to predict
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the outcome so everyone, of course, very concerned, very much wishing and hoping they do end up returning home safely. >> very, very frightening for all of us here. ar arwa, thank you. stay safe to you. coming up, we're going to go back to japan to talk a little bit more about those workers who are remaining behind at that fukushima daiichi plant, risking their lives to prevent any kind of nuclear meltdown.
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i know so many of you are so
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engaged and you want to know what's happening with the fukushima daiichi plant. from washington on the phone, robert alvarez of the institute for policy studies. he's going to try again and walk me through some of the issues they're facing here at these reactors at this plant. robert, i know when we spoke yesterday i had asked you if there was something you would be watching for, perhaps as you read the tea leaves. you said you would be watching to see if this plant would be pulling any of these japanese nuclear plant workers out. they did that briefly. they've since sent them back in, but what does that move tell you? >> well, i think that the situation has taken such a serious turn that they're into desperate last resorts, hoping for the best, that they're bringing people back in is
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important, but i think you have to understand that those people who are being brought back in are going to be encountering life threatening situations. >> and as they're encountering these life threatening situations, robert, can you help paint a picture for us of these 50 at any given time workers who are inside these plants? correct me if i'm wrong, but the electricity is gone. is it pitch dark inside? help me understand what they're going through day in and day out. >> well, i'm not sure if they're going inside buildings or not. if they are, they're bringing in battery-powered lighting and things like that. their instrumentation of the reactor reactors is down, and probably those kinds of things, sort of figuratively operating in the dark. the other problem is just being in areas where there are deposits of radioactivity that
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make it dangerous or there is radiation emanating from certain parts of the reactor that are dangerous. >> from what i understand, they're taking these rotations and perhaps it's only minutes at a time where they go into those pockets of higher levels of radiation. how much in those moments, how much radiation would they be exposed to? >> well, the numbers i've seen -- this is fragmentary information -- are such that if you were there for an hour you'll start to have, you know, sort of the effects of tissue destruction. >> what does that mean? >> that means that you start to have -- you start to have symptoms of radiation sickness. you start to have burns, loss of hair, bleeding gums. and what's happening is the radiation is penetrating the body and radiating all your organs. and if you have too much of that
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going on over time, it can cause basically all your organs to collapse. >> oh, goodness. well, that is potentially what some of these workers are facing, but there's so much more i want to talk to you about, including the iaea several days after the tsunami and quake, they're headed there. i'm curious as to the significance of that. several other issues as well. robert alvarez, we'll be talking to you next hour. we're all very curious what's happening at this particular plant. my thanks to you for now. coming up here, do you have anied idea what these tablets are? these are iodide tablets. you're supposed to take them if you have been or will soon be exposed to any kind of radiation. plants in the u.s. have now gone into overdrive producing these things. they're also flying off the shelves in some parts of this country. more on this, next.
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the most important thing we want people to know is, do not take this medication at this point. you will be advised to do so when there is a threat of exposure. >> in my opinion, there is no radiation risk in the u.s. whatsoever. >> despite reassurances from health experts, people are buying up these things, these potassium iodide pills in the u.s., especially along the west coast. now some manufacturers like flemming pharmaceuticals say they're bombarded with requests for the drug. they've ramped up production. this even as the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission says it does not expect, does not
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expect, harmful radiation levels from japan to reach american soil. but they are increasing monitoring efforts in the western u.s. and while the u.s. surgeon general is not voicing worry, she's careful not to dismiss the public's concerns. >> i'm not sure that there's a level of need right now, and certainly the health officers are monitoring. we at cdc are monitoring and will certainly alert the public if there's ever a real threat. >> now, we have been hearing a lot about millisieverts, the unit of measure gauges radioactivity. last night our chief medical correspondent in japan, dr. sanjay gupta, explained to anderson cooper when to use the iodide pills and what levels of radiation people need to worry about. >> we've heard about iodide pills. it's unclear, some people are
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saying you take those in advance of any exposure. the advice we've been given is it's only in the event of exposure. >> here's the thing about iodide pills. once you take it, you have a certain window of protection, about 48 hours. so you don't want to take it too early because you sort of close the window on yourself. so timing is really key with this. it is protective, but you usually want to take it in the face of an imminent exposure or right after an exposure. then you've got yourself some protection. if you take it too early, you won't get the protection when you need it. >> and obviously people in all of these different areas are trying to measure radiation doses to get a sense for people. you have the same thing i've got. >> yeah. this basically tells you two things. one is, since you're wearing it, how much radiation you've been exposed to. this is measuring that. and also it has an alarm, yours does, if you suddenly find yourself in an area with too much radiation. it will alarm. you can't see the number here, but i've been wearing this for about 24 hours.
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it went up 0.001 now, very, very small amount. probably just from normal background radiation. yours is the still at zero. it's likely to go up and that would be normal. if it got up to the 1 range, a thousand times that, that would be of concern. >> that is japan, obviously still some concerns here in the u.s. you remember yesterday we listed two energy secretary steven chu was asked if the nuclear disaster will have influence on this country. we pointed out we couldn't glean much from his answer. here he is again today appearing on capitol hill. >> it would be premature to say anything other than we will use this opportunity to learn as best we can and consider carefully how to go forward. >> i'm not sure what you just said. >> okay. >> does the president support new nuclear power plant construction in the united states? >> the present budget is what it
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is, and we're asking for loan guarantees. the present budget is also calling for small modular reactors. that position has not been changed. >> so that's a yes. >> that's a yes. >> so you just heard chu ultimately saying yes, we're going forward. but, dana bash live in washington here, clearly some concern up there. no? >> no question about it. there is concern. i have spoken to several lawmakers who are strong supporters of nuclear energy, and they have said they're worried about what this horrible crisis in japan means for nuclear energy in the u.s. which has been gaining traction in recent years on both sides of the aisle. some democrats who have long opposed nuclear energy, they are seizing on this, calling for a moratorium on u.s. plants. talking to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, they don't seem to be ready for that. you watch congress like i do. usually when things like this happen, there are wild calls for major changes.
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not right now for this. >> we now know we have more than 20 nuclear power plants at least on the drawing board. let aets take a look at this. they're all in various stages of the permitting process. could, dana, these plants either individually or as you see them as a whole, could we then see delays in getting any of them up and running? >> there have been some calls, brooshg, for the nrc, the nuclear regulatory commission, to hold off on aprofg the new permits you just showed until more information is known from the dire situation in japan. homeland security chairman joe lieberman, actually a strong supporter of nuclear energy, he's one saying that. congress has the ability to vote themselves to delay or at least stop the pending permits, but again so far there's no real push to do that. but one thing that we should keep an eye on when it comes to nuclear reactors in this country is money. because the nuclear energy industry will tell you that a big challenge they have in
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expanding is getting investors. to do that, they need loan guarantees from the federal government. the president has asked congress for $36 billion in loan guarantees in order to do that. opponents are pushing saying, we don't want to do that right now because look at what happened in japan, if that happened in the united states, the taxpayer would be on the hook. but you heard secretary chu. he said the president is still behind them so it's very interesting to see that, despite the unbelievable crisis going on, a lot of reluctance to do anything right now until more information is known. >> dana bash, thank you. coming up, the u.s. insists there was no quid pro quo between the countries, but a cia contractor charged with murder has just been released in pakistan. also, did you see this? >> translator: i am deeply concerned that the current nuclear plant situation is critical. i truly hope that with so many people working together to help,
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this situation will not worsen. >> this is a rare speech, five minutes, from the emperor in japan. so, coming up, we'll talk more about that speech, about the significance of him speaking, and how the japanese continue to remain fairly calm, fairly patient, in the wake of such a tragedy.
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i'll take you back to our coverage of japan in a moment. first, i wanted to get to this, one of our top stories here. american cia contractor raymond davis is a free man. he was released from a pakistan jail after the families of two men he killed in january forgave him. davis said he shot the men after they attacked him in the city of lahor. a lawyer connected to the case tells cnn the families were paid more than $1 million in compensation. it is not yet known who paid. there are conflicting reports over the amount of money also. coming up, reports of doctors being targeted in bahrain today. cnn's mohammed jamjun was in the country but he got kicked out. i'll speak to him about what's happening on the ground, next. ♪ do you believe in magic? ♪ ♪ it's magic ♪ [ male announcer ] it's a comfort that comes from the only caramel
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in the days since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis hitting japan, we have seen so many extraordinary pictures, not the least among them here, scenes of people standing in line, long, long lines, patiently waiting, and in some cases for hours just for a chance to use the phone. no one complains. no one tries to cut in line, and we've heard from many of you who are wondering this. how can the japanese people be so calm, so orderly in the wake
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of horrific devastation that would bring chaos to so many of our own cities and towns? even japan's emperor sees that the world has noticed. he talked about that in a taped speech to the japanese people, but it's the emperor's speech that is truly extraordinary. jeffrey kingsted is director of asian studies at temple university in tokyo. jeffrey, done my reading on the history of emperors in japan, once regarded as living gods. today still very, very highly revered but the fact that we're hearing from emperor akihito speaking, signifies what to you? >> well, it may seem a bit of an anachronism in the 21st century that the japanese people look to their emperor for consolation, but, you know, i think that he's extremely popular emperor. he's known as the people's emperor, and i think that his words did provide consolation, inspiration to the tens of
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thousands of victims of the horrible earthquake and devastating tsunami. he also made reference to the nuclear emergency, and he did refer to the need for everybody to pitch in, pull together and try to overcome this adversary and noted that we all had to be in it for the long haul. so i think his comments actually were quite welcomed. >> he also -- the emperor also mentioned that the international community has been, to use his word, impressed with the japanese victims. my own best friend is japanese. she just e-mailed me and said the perfect word to describe the mentality is gaman, the strength of self-. you've been there for years. what does this say about national character? >> yes, gaman means perseverance, the japanese equivalent of the stiff upper lip. you don't complain. you defer. you sacrifice your personal
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interests for the greater good. right from the young age japanese are told to value the interest of the group. every september 1st every japanese school child goes through an earthquake drill that commemorates the 1923 tokyo earthquake, so people are attuned to the needs of the group. they are prepared to deal with major natural disasters, and in a sense it's part of the japanese national identity. people are used to adversity and it brings out the best in the japanese people. >> you also have this part of it. the u.s. military commander in japan says he has not been asked for help on any large level which is so unlike so many other disasters and, for example, third world countries, we know japan's economy, you know, number three in the world. why is that? is it a sense of pride? >> well, i think compared to 1995 during the kobe earthquake, japan spurned initially all
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offers of international assistance. they also, you know, wouldn't relax restrictions on sniffer dogs so that they would have to remain in quarantine. as you know, the first 72 hours is key and keeping the dogs ten days, two weeks of quarantine made it sure they weren't going to save anybody. i think this time around japan has been actually accepting international offers of assistance and the u.s. military has been contributing a great deal to the relief efforts, and so i think that these gestures by the international community are appreciated in japan, and they are needed, given the scale of the devastation. >> so i think that perhaps most people would agree with you, but i think it's the japanese aren't asking for major, major aid on any large scale, at least according to the u.s. military, but we're all thinking about you and everyone in japan. jeffrey kingston, thanks in helping to understand the culture there. coming up, cnn's mohammed
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jamjoom will join me live to tell me what he saw in bahrain today before getting kicked out of country. there have been reports of doctors were being targeted. more on that, next.
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in the midst of all the news coming out of japan here, we're still committed to bringing you the latest developments out of the middle east, and i want you to look as these pictures. these are pictures -- this is bahrain where we're getting reports of government forces storming the main hospital,
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beating doctors, firing on protesters. also today, secretary of state hillary clinton says bahrain is on the wrong track. cnn correspondent mohammed jamjoom has been covering the crackdown there in bahrain and he joins me live. mohammed, i first want to ask you about the fact that you were asked to leave the country just a short time ago. what happened? >> well, brooke, we're still not sure. i was informed by the ministry of information after a full day of reporting there on the crackdown that was going on that i was going to be made to leave, not the rest of the cnn team. in fact, we have another cnn reporter en route right now, just me specifically. we kept trying to find out why. they would not say. they insisted that i had to go, so i was expelled and escorted to the airport by a ministry of information official and just landed back in abu dhabi about an hour ago. >> so before you left though, mohammed, and we're seeing pictures, fires, violence, i've read reports doctors are hiding in hospital rooms. what did you see while you were
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there? >> reporter: well, from our vantage point, which was overlooking the area where the crackdown was, we awoke to the sound of gunfire. we saw large plumes of black smoke. we saw tear gas being dispersed to try to disperse crowds of protesters. we saw anti-riot police going through the streets, even shooting tear gas at residential neighborhoods to make sure onlookers would go away. it was a very, very violent scene from where we were looking on. now throughout the day, it got more and more disturbing because we started calling hospitals to try to find out about injuries, about people that were wounded. there were so many accounts coming in from witnesses saying that they were being attacked, and the government simply wasn't talking to us. we got ahold of three doctors inside the hospital, the main hospital in manama. they said the hospital was being surrounded by security forces, that security forces weren't letting injured in, weren't letting doctors out, had in fact stormed the hospital and started beating the staff and doctors
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there. they were very concerned. the government issued statements via their state television channel denying all those allegations saying those allegations were unpatently true but we were never able to get any kind of information ministry official or any other government official to speak to us and give us on-the-record comments to tell us what was going on and what the crackdown was going on there. >> mohammed jamjoom asked to leave bahrain following the protests there. mohammed, thank you, and now, watch this. they are being called the fukushima 50. could be the only people standing between japan and a nuclear catastrophe. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. the nuclear crisis is a slow moving nightmare. radiation levels are fluctuating and each hour a new concern at the plant in fukushima.
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behind the scenes, dozens of workers are risking their lives. we'll find out exactly what these faceless people are doing and why they could be japan's last line of defense. plus, tokyo is one of the world's most populace cities, but now people are leaving in an unprecedented exodus. welcome back. i'm brooke baldwin. happening right now, japan is still getting hit with massive aftershocks as workers race to prevent a meltdown, maybe multiple meltdowns at troubled nuclear plant. there are reports here that radiation levels are on the rise, and now the u.s. military giving out iodide pills to crew members before they arrive in japan simply as a precaution. also, i want to let you know this. the white house is now telling americans within 50 miles here, 50-mile radius of the troubled nuclear plant to evacuate as soon as possible. our own wolf blitzer just sat
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down with secretary of state hillary clinton who is traveling in north africa. >> the safety of american citizens is always our highest priority, and we are literally monitoring this minute by minute. we have nuclear regulatory commission, department of energy experts on the ground in japan, working with the japanese, and we are doing everything we can to help them try to get this triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, nuclear reactors under control. >> coming up, we're going to talk about what's happening now inside of that plant and whether americans here in the u.s. have anything to worry about. but first, there are stories coming out of the tsunami zone that you just cannot shake. i want to share two of those stories with you right now. i want you to meet a man who left his home and family right after friday's earthquake hit to go out on what turned out to be a failed mission to stop tsunami, and a couple desperately searching for their son in the tsunami's path.
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watch this with me. >> reporter: volunteer fire fighters had been working day and night. kenichi suzuki returned home for the first time since the disaster. suzuki, who heads the local fire fighters, hadn't heard from his family. right after the quake, he had set out to close a tsunami wall. now he regrets putting his job ahead of his family. >> translator: my wife, my son's family and four grandchildren. i lost them all. i can't take it.
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>> reporter: in this city an old couple searches for their missing son. hiroyuki had been working at the post office. >> reporter: they finally find the post office, but the massive tsunami had reached all the way up to the roof.
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>> tough to watch. and as survivors wait and wonder what is next for them, more and more are opening up about how they escaped the tsunami and in some cases with inches to spare. >> translator: i did not expect the wave to reach up to the third floor, so all six people who were behind me were washed away. i could hear a voice from behind me saying hurry up, hurry up, but i could not help them. >> he is a 17-year-old high school student. meanwhile, parents describe the panic and the horror of not knowing whether or not their own children are still alive. >> translator: my child was at a
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kindergarten over that river. so we did not have time to go retrieve him. i hope his teacher was able to evacuate the children. >> translator: it's hard to believe almost everything has been washed away. but the fact that we cannot be sure whether the kids are safe, and that's what -- >> now to the big board here. take a look at how the dow is dropping, 242 points. there's panic in wall street. clearly the uncertainty out of japan affecting those numbers.
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i want to go to alison kosik live in new york. alison, we knew the numbers were low this morning, but all of a sudden the dow tanked. i have to believe this is japan. >> reporter: oh, it has everything to do with japan, brooke. sure, the wall street opened for business this morning. we had some losses, nothing major. one and a half hours into trading, bam. stocks tumbled. within minutes the dow was down 200 points, getting as low as down as 300 points and here's why. the eu energy commissioner said one of japan's nuclear plants was, quote, out of control, and he warned of possible catastrophic events. you know, here on wall street, brooke, it's really been a constant stream of negative headlines and you're seeing investors responding to each and every development. brooke? >> are you seeing a lot of selling happening today? what's happening there? >> reporter: that's exactly what we're seeing. what you're seeing is investors selling on fear, brooke. the problem is investors don't know how this is going to play out. what is going to be the impact from the nuclear part of what's
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going on in japan? you know, we watch the fear gauge called the vix. it jumped 25%. this thing shows how investors feel, and i'll tell you what, they are on pins and needles and economists say the impact on the u.s. economy will be small, but the fact is it's going to have an impact because we import a lot of cars and electronics from japan. japan actually accounts for about 5% of all u.s. exports, so the trading that you're seeing is based on fear and speculation. that's nothing new because we saw that kind of trade happening with oil prices. oil prices spiked when we saw what was going on in egypt and libya and that fear and speculative trading, that's going on now. brooke? >> alison, thank you. she mentioned investors being on pins and needles. imagine if you live in japan and this nuclear plant is in your backyard practically. the crisis is escalating there, and one of the questions we're asking is who are the workers who are in there, risking their lives at that plant that's leaking radiation, and if they leave, is it a sign that a
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catastrophe is imminent? find out what they are doing to prevent a worst case scenario and there's apparently proof that experts warned the japanese government about the danger of these nuclear power plants, so why did they build them so close to the fault lines and could the plants have been reinforced? that's next. big deal is on a mission for priceline. uncovering hotel freebies like instant discounts, free-nights... ...and free breakfast at hotels in virtually every city. so, thanks to this large man in a little jetpack... you can search thousands of hotel freebies... right now only at priceline.
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cnn correspondent has been poring all over those cables. >> reporter: brooke, u.s. diplomatic cables show japan was warned several years ago that the nuclear facilities may not stand up to a massive earthquake and also shows despite the japanese government's defense of the nuclear energy plan there was strong political opposition from at least one politician, in particular a distinguished member of the liberal democrats, tara kono is quoted as telling the u.s. ambassador that the ministry of economy, trade and industry was, quote, covering up nuclear accidents. he also said that it was obscuring the true cost and problems of nuclear energy, and one of his main concerns that he highlighted in his discussion with the u.s. ambassador was the storage of radioactive waste, what to do with it, and whether or not there was truly any safe place in a, quote, land of volcanoes.
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brooke? >> thank you. and i want to turn back to our expert here. robert alvarez is a senior scholar for policy studies in washington and has been involved in the nuclear power issue for decades, both as a government official and also as an analyst. robert, just to bring our viewers up to date as to what's happening here at the fukushima daiichi plant, today here we know that they have had a fire at reactor number four, and then also another issue, possible radiation leak from the number three reactor. that's just the latest that we're hearing here. how would you assess the situation today relative to what we spoke this time yesterday? >> i think the situation is still out of the control of the authorities and the operators and appears to be worsening. >> as it's worsening, there have also been questions as to why the iaea, the international atomic energy agency, has yet to
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be in japan at this particular plant. we learned today that they are coming. my question to you, once they get there, what kind of help can they provide, and is it perhaps at all too little too late? >> well, the iaea is doing the best it can, and i don't think we should expect them to be like the lone ranger coming in to rescue things. they have their own limits and limited capabilities. i think that quite frankly the military assets that the united states government and the japanese government and other governments which may be involved are going to prove to be far more important. >> you had alluded to sort of the piece meal information coming in from tepco, but then we also have in terms of the information flow, we had energy secretary chu say today that even our government here in the united states is not completely clear as to what's happening right here. it's obviously a fluid
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situation. things are changing hour by hour, but are the authorities in japan perhaps walking a fine line between telling every single detail that's happening here at this plant or perhaps creating some sort of panic? >> well, i think they are walking a fine line, and it is a genuine concern to create panic that may be unnecessary. you have to understand, too, that they don't -- they may not have enough people on the ground at the site to have a full understanding themselves. >> i've just gotten some information here. i want your reaction. apparently gregory jaczko from the nuclear regulatory commission has testified on capitol hill and says he believes there's been a hydrogen explosion in unit number four, reactor number four, because of an uncovering of the fuel,
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assuming he's referring to the fuel rods, can't be for sure, the fuel rods in the fuel pool. we believe that secondary containment has been destroyed and there is no water in the spent fuel pool, that radiation levels are extremely high. so this is something we spoke about yesterday, that already used fuel rods, so that -- i mean, how serious is that? >> that's very serious. chairman jaczko has said this, this means that the spent fuel in unit four has been exposed, has been -- the zirconium which is the metal cladding around the uranium fuel has gotten so hot that it has been interacting with the water and generating hydrogen and that it's also been catching fire which is very, very serious, and it also means that as chairman jaczko has
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informed the hill is that once that pool -- that fuel is uncovered by the water -- see, the water serves to both keep it cool and as a form radiation shielding. >> right. >> so if the spent fuel sun covered, then the radiation nearby becomes life-threatening. >> robert, the obvious followup -- we were just talking about this yesterday, is this was a concern yesterday as well with the spent fuel rods and they had talked about sending in the helicopters and dousing these storage pools with cold water, but those helicopters had to bail because of the steam coming up. the steam was full of radiation, so if they are fearful of the steam, fearful of the crews experiencing radiation, what's the next solution? >> well, i think that the next solution may involve people having to take heroic acts, i'm
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not sure. >> can you be more specific? >> well, i mean, this is a situation where people may be called in to sacrifice their lives, and i don't think that that's something that -- i mean, it's very difficult for me to contemplate that, but it's -- it may have reached that point. >> so we're talking potentially, you and i have talked about this before, about these 50 people, and i'm hearing it could be up to 180 people who are working, these emergency relief folks who know as they walk into any of these reactor sites that they would be risking their lives, and is that just part of the job? you know, when you sign up to work at a nuclear plant, in the case of a disaster, you could have to sacrifice your own life for the greater good? >> well, i don't think that this was -- this was in any way anticipated, and this certainly wasn't part of the job interview process when they were hired, but i think that as the accident
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unfolded, those people who are there clearly know that their lives are in jeopardy. >> robert alvarez, thank you. now this. >> the moment of impact caught on video. you're going to see the terrifying moments when the tsunami in japan sweeps away homes, chases down a group of people. that is next. plus hala gorani tells us who is facing the biggest danger in the country right now. stay here.
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new developments out of japan. the death toll is spiking again today, and it's expected to go even higher, and we have more horrifying video of the actual moments when the tsunami struck. cnn's hala gorani is here. hala, i know we've been seeing these different images when the tsunami first washes inland. we have one image. we'll watch it, and then we'll talk on the other side. >> okay.
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so what you see there, people on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. tell the viewers to look at those individuals running up the hill and you see behind them that just sea, the debris-laden wave climbing up the hill, churning its way up the hill carrying with it, houses, homes, cars and the rest of it. >> look how close they are. >> yes. >> but the reason they are not moving faster because if you look closer, they are carrying someone up the hill. it looks like someone who isn't maybe as mobile as others is needing help and we don't know what happened to that small group of people that remained stationary at the bottom of the hill. one pair of individuals carrying someone dressed in white and look at those closest to the wave. they are not moving, and it looks as though, and we can't be sure, but it looks as though they are with somebody not able to make it up the hill, somebody they can't bear to leave behind, a family member or anything like that, and we're not sure what happened to that group because you saw the water looked like it
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was moving relatively slowly but the force of it has washed so many people away in japan, and the death toll is rising and rising as more bodies are discovered under the debris. >> where is it now? how high has it climbed? >> the death toll, i want to tell the viewers that was minamisanriku where the video was shot on the day that the tsunami struck, about half an hour after the earthquake. now we are at 4,300 missing. these numbers really do sound meaningless when you see actually the pictures of people who are still going through agony not knowing if their loved ones are objection hand that is because 8,600 people are still missing and unaccounted for, brooke, and this is a total of more than 10,000, and you'll remember in the initial hours of the quake, people were talking about a few hundred. they were talking about 1,000 and then it became 2,000, then 3,000 and now over 10 and possibly 13,000 people and 450,000 refugees in their own country, people displaced and you see the shelters.
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>> and the ports that are so organized. have you seen this person, looking for my daughter. >> it's important to keep in mind that the japanese population is a very old population, and it's aging. more than 21% of japanese people are over the age of 65. this isn't haiti. it isn't a country in the developing world. it's an extremely aging population, aging rapidly, because only 20 years 11% were over the age of 65. this is because of a very low birth rate. this is adding to the misery of people. elderly people having to cope and go through this with the senior years. >> perhaps that's who they were trying to get up the hill precariously close to the tsunami wave. hala, thank you. another story developing by the second, and that is libya. we've learned today four "new york times" reporters are now missing. also, the last time anyone heard from them they were covering the escalating violence. we'll take you there live to libya next. plus, emergency in bahrain. the government is firing on
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reporters are missing, heated battle in libya. cnn reporter in bahrain got kicked out of country, and the workers who stayed behind at japan's nuclear plant. time to play "reporter roulette" and i want to begin with arwa damon in eastern libya. arwa, what we know, gadhafi forces are gaining momentum and moving eastward is it ajdabiya?
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>> reporter: that's right. the fight right now really centering around the city of ajdabiya. we were there yesterday witnessing heavy artillery bombardment. today we actually tried to get back into the city and were prevented from doing so by opposition forces at a checkpoint just on the outskirts saying the fighting was simply too intense. eyewitnesses speaking of ongoing air bombardment, artillery, some saying they are pro-gadhafi snipers in the city. one eyewitness telling us of the rising civilian death toll, saying his entire family had been killed in the bombing. this, of course, just underscoring the ongoing calls by the opposition for some sort of international intervention. they do at this point feel as if the global community is abandoning them, brooke. >> you've been covering this story for days, possibly weeks here. i know benghazi was one of the first rebel stronghold. that is where the gadhafi forces are headed. do the opposition appear to be weakening at all there?
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>> reporter: well, they appear to be standing firm, bearing in mind things do sort of go along as what has become the normal situation. shops are closed. many are open. people do tend to go about their daily business. what we did see a little bit of and what we heard even more about is sort of what defenses they are trying to set up around the city. they claim that they do have a plan to defend benghazi. they say that they will be able to fight to the death, if that what it's going to take, but at the end of the day the bottom line go back to whether or not global leaders will stand with the opposition and provide them the aid that they are asking for, that is going to allow them to win this battle. otherwise, many of them fear that they are simply going to eventually at the end of the day probably be massacred by gadhafi's forces. >> arwa damon live in libya, arwa, thank you. next in "reporter roulette" not too far from arwa, bahrain. government troops reportedly storm a hospital beating
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doctors. mohammed jamjoom actually got escorted out of bahrain today. happened just a couple of hours ago. he's now live in abu dhabi. mohammed, while you were there, describe some of the violence that you saw firsthand. >> brook, it was a very violent day. started in the morning very early. we could see from our vantage point where the protesters were, just half a mile down the road. thick, black plumes of smoke. at least four helicopters hovering overhead for several hours flying by. tanks coming in. we saw anti-riot police firing tear gas on crowds and residential neighborhoods trying to disperse onlookers. after that, we started calling medics to try to find out what was going on at hospitals. we got harrowing tales from inside hospitals. doctors saying security forces busting in and actually beating up medics and doctors. doctors running from room to room trying to hide. now the government issued a statement on state-run television denying all of those
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allegations. they said the protesters were saboteurs and withdrew of their own volition and none of this at the hospitals being reported actually happened. a lot of conflicting reports. we never got a bahraini official to speak to us to clear up what was going on from the side and perspective of the bahraini government. brooke? >> i know there are a lot of geopolitical issues that are at play in bahrain. tell me where saudi arabia fits in. >> reporter: for saudi arabia, what's happening right now is really their nightmare scenario and i'll tell you why. bahrain, you have a majority shiites population. you have a sunni government. saudi arabia has always been concerned if there is an uprising that's going on, like the one currently going on in bahrain, that could affect and embolden the minority shiite population in the country's eastern province where most of the oil in saudi arabia is produced. that's right right next door to bahrain. last couple of weeks, more and more protests by the shiites in the eastern province of saudi arabia. they have been coming out by the hundreds into the street demanding the release of
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political prisoners and demanding an end to what they perceive as their oppression. saudi arabia by sending in forces to bahrain, sending a message not just of support to bahrain but also to their shiite population, according to many analysts that i've spoken with, saying any kind of uprising will not be tolerated, not in neighboring countries specifically, not in our country as well. brooke? >> mohammed jamjoom live in the uae. thank you. next on "reporter roulette," prices escalating in japan, many people are wondering about the workers, the 50 workers inside the plant. i know you've been watching some of the japanese tv. what are some of the japanese people saying about these workers? >> reporter: well, the "new york times" calls them the faceless 50, and we're learning a lot about the japanese people and their values because we're not learning a lot about these people as individuals by watching japanese television and not learning a lot about them from their spouses. listen just for a moment from a brief interview with a wife of one of those workers.
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>> she says her husband is working at the site in the face of danger of expokes you're to radiation but wants him to do his best. he's replied by e-mail indicating a serious situation. he told her to take care of herself because he won't be home for a while. >> reporter: take care of yourself, i won't be home for a while. do your best. all very understated. very, very serious situation. we've been seeing a little bit of what they might be going through on japanese television but nothing as individuals there. all about that selfless dedication for the greater good. >> and because the electricity has been out there for days, in there in the pitch dark with batteries, flashlights perhaps. >> not to mention the radiation. >> not to mention the radiation. and all the survivors, how are they reacting to the threats of radiation? >> seeing a lot of that as well and days pass. we see a lot about the rescue efforts going on and a lot about the recovery that's trying to get started in japan, but now we're seeing almost wall-to-wall talk about the nuclear plants
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and what's going on there. but when it comes to the general population, we're finding out that they are getting a lot of very practical information. some of them actually look like the old films that we saw during the cold war back in the '50s and '60s, and listen to what some of the advice the population is getting from this one doctor. >> translator: people are advised to wear face masks so that they do not breathe in the air directly. it will be more effective if you were to wet the face mask. the radioactive substances will be absorbed by the water, and, therefore, it will prevent the substance from penetrating through. if you do not have a mask, you can wet a towel and cover your mouth and neck like this. this will be a very easy way of preventing radioactive substances. >> a wet towel, a wet mask, all just very practical advice to
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keep the radioactive particles from getting into your lungs, things we saw back in the '50s and '60s with civil defense films, and now we're seeing that on the level for the population there in japan. we've heard this from soledad o'brien, paying attention to this very closely. they are not panicking. they are very calm, but they are concerned. >> they are concerned. i think i heard someone say duct tape should be everyone's best friend. duct tape, keep your windows closed and doors shut if you're in that radius. >> and that radius telling everyone to stay inside, don't go outside. they are giving advice, if you have to go outside what kind of clothing to wear and part of that demonstration we saw was a type of overcoat and type of hat you should be wearing if you have to go outside as well. >> david matingly, thank you so much. on this whole subject of radiation here, you have these things. do you know about these? these are iodide pills. apparently they are flying off of some store shelves here in the u.s., but should americans really be worried about radiation spreading all the way from japan to the west coast? what about radiation leaks
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the most important thing we want people to know is do not take this medication at this point. you will be advised to do so when there is a threat of exposure. >> in my opinion, there is no radiation risk in the u.s. whatsoever. >> you just heard that, but
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despite reassurances from many health experts out there, americans are still heading to stores buying up these potassium iodide pills in the u.s. in fact manufacturers like flemming pharmaceuticals say they are bombarded with requests for the drug which prevents the thyroid from absorbing the radiation. in fact, they have ramped up the production of these things. this even as the nuclear regulatory commission says it does not expect harmful radiation levels from japan to reach all the way to american soil, but they are increasing monitoring efforts here -- in fact in the western part of the u.s., and while the u.s. surgeon general is voicing not to worry, she is careful not to dismiss many of your concerns. >> i'm not sure that there's a level of need right now and certainly the health officers are monitoring -- we at cdc are monitoring and certainly will alert the public if there's ever a real threat.
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>> and we're also hearing a lot about this word. have you heard people talk about millisieverts, the unit of measure used to gauge radiation exposure. the average person is exposed to 3 millisieverts a year due to sources in the environment which isn't too dangerous but our chief medical correspondent actu dr. sgaupta actually spoke with anderson cooper. >> people in these areas are trying to measure radiation doses trying -- >> you've got one of these things. >> yeah. >> it's a pocket dosimeter, and it basically tells you two things. since you're wearing, it how much radiation you've been exposed to, measuring that and it has an alarm. if you find yourself in an area with too much radiation you'll hear the alarm. i've been wearing this for 24 hours. it went up .0001 now, very, very small amounts, possibly from
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normalbrook ground radiation, yours is at zero and likely to go up and that would be normal. if it got up into the one range, 1,000 times that, then it would be of concern. >> look at that moment. you know, we keep getting videos, i-reports of these terrifying moments during the earthquake and also i should say the many, many aftershocks. we'll share another one of these videos ahead. also, the cia contractor who killed two men in pakistan is suddenly now a free man, but does it have anything to do with blood money? that's next. is paying off! business is good! it must be if you're doing all that overnight shipping. that must cost a fortune. it sure does. well, if it doesn't have to get there overnight, you can save a lot with priority mail flat rate envelopes. one flat rate to any state, just $4.95. that's cool and all... but it ain't my money. i seriously do not care... so, you don't care what anyone says, you want to save this company money!
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we'll take you back to japan in just a moment, but first it a it's interesting, happening right now, are you about to see it, "rapid fire." let's begin with this one. nearly 200 alleged child sex traffickers have been arrested in a global crackdown. police have identified more than 600 suspects. in total, 230 children have been rescued. the european law enforcement agency has been trying to crack the case for nearly three years. they finally got a break when they bypassed the security features of a key computer server. and american cia contractor raymond davis is now a free man. he was released from a pakistan jail after the families of two men he killed in january forgave
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him. davis said he shot the men after they attacked him in the city of lahore. a lawyer connected to the case tells cnn the families were paid $1.4 million in compensation, though it's not yet known who paid. there are also conflicting reports over the amount of money. a u.s. official not authorized to speak insists there was no quid pro quo and refused to comment if there was an exchange of so-called blood money. davis' wife says she has not spoken with him yet but obviously hopes to very soon. >> no. i probably won't hear from him until maybe this weekend, i'm not sure, you know. he's in and out to wherever and should be back in the states sometime this weekend, not really sure. want to get you this now. a brand new development in that alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl, ant prosecutors are now completing this case is gaining too much attention so the judge just made a big, big move. that's next.
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the nuclear watchdogs are very, very critical right now of the tokyo electric power company or as its known by its acronym tepco. it owns the stricken fukushima
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daiichi power plant where they are dealing with the stricken reactors, six in total. now a closer lock at tepco's history and allegations that it hides safety problems. >> reporter: three reactors at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant are almost certainly dead, never to be used again. the question is can the danger inside be contained? can the nuclear material be continuously cooled, and can the potential for a dangerous radiation leak into the environment be averted? the tokyo electric power company, tepco, is preaching calm, that a catastrophic radiation leak can be averted, but they have said that before. >> the history of the japanese nuclear industry and the government that is very closely tight with the industry is less than glorious in regard to a public information and full disclosure, an what is going on now is actually an illustration
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of that. >> reporter: he's an anti-nuclear activist and is extremely concerned that this crisis, seemingly under some control, may not be under control at all. both japanese government officials and the private owners of nuclear power plants deny that, but tepco doesn't have a history to inspire confidence. in 2002 the president of the power company and four executives resigned after it was discovered repair and inspection records were falsified. dishonest practices, the company admitted later. >> it was discovered that tepco, tokyo electric power company had covered up incidents of cracking in an important piece of equipment within the reactor vessels of its reactors, and as a result they were forced to close down all 17 of their reactors. >> reporter: and the plant with the worst record, fukushima daiichi, the plant now in
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trouble. >> a pattern emerged that tepco isn't frank and deliberately covers up to protect its own interests. >> reporter: despite promises to regain public confidence, tepco's honesty was questioned again in 2007 when a 6.8 earthquake struck western japan, shake i shaking the nuclear power plant. the public later learned a fire burned for two hours and hundreds of gallons of radioactive water had leaked into the sea. the plant that is now in trouble survived the most recent quake, a quake stronger than it was designed for. by design the reactors immediately shut themselves down. good news, according to the spokesperson for the group that lobbies the u.s. congress on pro-nuclear power issues. >> i think as we've seen in japan, despite the magnitude of that earthquake, they hold up
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quite well. >> reporter: but it turns out surviving the quake was not the end of the crisis. at fukushima daiichi, the backup power supply, 13 diesel generators ran for a while and then failed and when the generators failed so did the water pumps that cooled the reactors. >> you have in total six reactors that have been under great stress with problems cooling the core, and just as you think you might have got control of one, another one goes. >> reporter: unlike the shattering moments of an earthquake with a powerful surge of the tsunami, this disaster will linger for months, if not longer, as japanese nuclear workers try to cool the reactors that have helped to power japan for more than 40 years and now threatens it. drew griffin, cnn, atlanta. there is a new development today in a story we've been committed to following for you, talking about that alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl happening in a filthy, allegedly
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here, in a filthy abandoned trailner cleveland, texas. this story has gotten so much attention, prosecutors are worry they won't be able to get an impartial jury for the 18 men and boys charged in the case. well, now a judge has order everyone, even remotely connected to this case, to stop talking about it, to anyone. it's called a gag order, and it's not unusual in cases that tend to grab the public's attention, but there is a feeling that this gag order might be going too far. sunny hostin is on the case, and sunny, how far are we talking here? >> we're talking pretty far, very sweeping, very broad, brooke. i haven't seen something like this in quite some time. as you mentioned, it covers all potential witnesses. it covers witnesses that have already testified. it covers attorneys. it covers their staffs, their agents, their employees and covers investigators and interestingly enough it even covers case workers, parents, siblings and all blood relatives and relatives related through
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marriage from discussing the case, and so, you know, maybe the question is who doesn't it cover because i can't quite figure that out, very, very broad. >> so what happens if someone were to violate the gag order? >> that person would be found in contempt of court, and a contempt count could lead to jail time, and so certain -- it's certain that the stakes are very high when it comes to a gag order, and i think that is why there's always so much pushback, brooke, because what if someone without knowledge violates the gag order. that is a possibility when you have something that's so broad and so sweeping. >> so then why, sunny, why would a judge agree to such a sweeping gag order, and would it even stand up if anyone tried to challenge it legally? >> well, you know, i think the judge in this case made it very clear that the defendant's right to a fair trial, which is a constitutional right, is paramount, is important. will it withstand legal challenges because we know the
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legal challenges are coming. people have -- lawyers have already indicated that they are going to appeal this ruling. i'm not sure, because there are free speech implications here. there is the free flow of information that people are entitled to, that the public is entitled to, and so i think that it is possible that this gag order may be constricted a bit. too soon to tell, but very, very interesting development in this case. >> how about that. so far sweeping. we're committed to tell it no matter what. sunny hostin, thank you. how are the winds -- taking you back to japan. how are the winds affecting the spread of radiation? that answer next. but your blood sugar may still be high, and you need extra help. ask your doctor about onglyza, a once daily medicine used with diet and exercise to control high blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. adding onglyza to your current oral medicine may help reduce after meal blood sugar spikes and may help reduce high morning blood sugar.
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♪ nationwide is on your side got about a minute left. i want to spin over to chad myers. talk to me about the winds here near the fukushima daiichi plant. they had been out of the north. are they still? >> they are now out of the west. they switched behind a cold front, a cold front that ran through the country yesterday, and i'm not a computer modeler when it comes to radiation modeling, but all i can do is tell you is how the winds will continue to spin any bit of radiation off the shore. it will move away from japan and into the pacific. where it goes from there, it's not anybody's guess, but certainly a computer's guess. the winds offshore and around the low and possibly up towards russia as it moves towards the north. a couple of computer -- amazing looking graphics that we have here, i've never even looked at this before. >> wow. >> because i've never ever had to worry

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